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ISBN13: 9780312144074
ISBN10: 0312144075
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1. The title of the novel obviously alludes to Matsu's garden, but to whom else could the title refer as a "Samurai"? Why?

2. The garden acts as a center or core of the novel. All three central characters (Stephen, Matsu, and Sachi) find some sense of comfort in tending the garden. What are some of the metaphors for the garden and how are they worked out in the novel?

3. Loneliness, solitude, and isolation are all themes that permeate the novel throughout. How do the three central characters' approaches to these feelings vary, resemble each other, and evolve?

4. It appears as though Stephen and Sachi are somehow juxtaposed. How is this connection represented and developed?

5. How is the politically turbulent time at which The Samurai's Garden takes place approached in the novel? Is it a strongly political novel or does the world of Tamuri somehow defy and avoid the political turmoil of the era?

6. How is Stephen and Keiko's relationship represented? Examine it in relation to the courtships of the past--Kenzo and Sachi, as well as Matsu and Sachi.

7. As the novel progresses, Stephen stops longing to return to his home and in fact dreads having to leave Tamuri. What provokes this change of heart? Also, how does this sentiment affect the ending of the novel?

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symphonysanford, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by symphonysanford)
I loved this novel. I really enjoyed her style, very calm and lovely. I had to buy every book of her's after this.
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christian3255, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by christian3255)
Beautiful and untraditional love story. I learned so much about the Chinese and Japanese cultures too. A quick read!
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Mary Chartowich, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Chartowich)
I always enjoy Gail Tsukiyama's writing and this book is an excellent read. Well told story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312144074
Author:
Tsukiyama, Gail
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Tuberculosis
Subject:
Romance - Adult
Subject:
Japan History 1926-1945 Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
99/058
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.6 x 0.68 in

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Product details 224 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312144074 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tsukiyama is a wise and spellbinding storyteller."
"Synopsis" by ,
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

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